BMW Charity Pro-Am seeks charities for 2010 tournament

Published 4:53 pm Tuesday, October 6, 2009

South Carolina Charities, Inc., the foundation of the BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation golf tournament, is now accepting applications from 501(c)(3) charities to help them raise money for their organizations.

Selected charities will have the opportunity to sell general admission credentials and retain 100 percent of the proceeds.

Charities will also have the opportunity to sell playing spots in the Charity Challenge Pro-Am, which earn their organization additional funds. Participating organizations will also retain the $40 uniform package fee from each of their charity-specific volunteers who sign up and work a minimum of two shifts during the tournament.

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The one-page application is available online at (The application can be reached by clicking on the direct link featured at the bottom left-hand side of the website&squo;s home page or by clicking on the &dquo;Charities&dquo; tab.)

All completed applications must be returned to South Carolina Charities, Inc. by 5 p.m. on October 30. Selected charities will be notified by the end of the year.

&dquo;As we head into the 10th year of our tournament, we remain committed to our continued support of a number of worthy charities throughout the communities of the Upstate and Western North Carolina&uot;, said Bobby Hitt, president of South Carolina Charities, Inc. &uot;We are proud that this tournament has become a sustainable experience that benefits the profound needs of many deserving charitable partners.&dquo;

&dquo;Many charities use this tournament as one of their major fundraising efforts of the year,&dquo; said Darin MacDonald, tournament director. &dquo;Some of our charity participants have gained anywhere from $20,000 to $50,000 through their participation. Ticket sales alone can add up fast with 1,000 tickets sold resulting in $25,000 for charity.&dquo;

The 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation will be played May 13-16, 2010, at Bright&39;s Creek Golf Club, The Carolina Country Club and Thornblade Club golf courses. All four rounds will be televised live by the Golf Channel.

The BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation is the only tournament on the PGA TOUR&squo;s Nationwide Tour where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with Nationwide Tour professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses. Amateurs, celebrities and pros rotate between three courses on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the 14 lowest scoring pro-amateur/pro-celebrity teams advancing to play Sunday&squo;s final round at Thornblade Club.

Celebrities play once at each course on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The professional winner of the overall 72-hole event will take home $108,000 from the total purse of $600,000. Amateurs and celebrities will compete for individual prizes and cash donations to the charity of their choice out of the beneficiaries selected by South Carolina Charities, Inc.

The first nine tournaments have raised more than $7.3 million for 125+ area charities.

For more information about sponsorship, playing or volunteer opportunities for the 2010 BMW Charity Pro-Am presented by SYNNEX Corporation, call (864) 297-1660 or visit the tournament&squo;s website at